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Coins Certified as of 5/2

My Coin #-39949

1806 $5 Round 6, 7X6 Stars AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -39949
PCGS#: 8089

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $16

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1806, engravers at the Philadelphia mint used two different "6" punches when creating the dates on Half Eagles.  On one version, the top of the 6 ends in a point; on the other, the 6 ends with a ball instead of a point.  This second version is known alternatively as a Knob 6 or a Round 6 (PCGS's preferred nomenclature).

Only one die variety was made with the Round 6, this being BD-6 (Breen 5-E).  This is a relatively common variety and hundreds (perhaps over a thousand) have survived to the present day.  At least two hundred have survived in Mint State and these are usually found in MS62 or MS63.  In MS64, this variety becomes quite scarce.  In MS65, the 1806 $5 Round 6, 7x6 Stars is a great rarity, with only three known -- all of which has made their own individual appearance on the market since 2010.  The record price for this variety is $126,500 for a PCGS MS65.

David Akers: This is at least as common as any other date of this type and in all probability is more available in a wider range of grades than any other Half Eagle prior to 1807. Gem condition coins are encountered with some regularity.

 

Diameter: 25.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 54,417 Weight: 8.75 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 800 R-5.4 18 / 18 23 / 23
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 16 / 18 20 / 23
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 11 / 18 TIE 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade Stack’s 7/2008:2467, $109,250 - Heritage 3/2013:4212, $111,625
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Quality Sales Corporation (Abner Kreisberg and Jerry Cohen) 9/1973:1159 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:776 - Bowers & Merena 1/2002:675 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2088, $102,812.50

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2010:2158, $126,500

4 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5723, $70,500

4 MS64+ PCGS grade